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Classic and contemporary works, essays, commentary and analysis in defense of free enterprise and private property domestically, as well as fair markets and America’s sovereignty (to include avoiding permanent and entangling alliances) internationally under the United States Constitution.

Just Say NO to High Speed Rail

BY T.F. STERN My wife and I own property on the north side of Houston and another piece of property half way between Dallas and...

Fracking: An existential threat to green dogma

Misleading claims about shale gas development serve dogma but not the public interest By Paul Driessen The Sierra Club and other environmental pressure groups are redoubling...

Our Least Sustainable Energy Option

From a land use, economic, environmental or raw materials perspective, wind is unsustainable By Paul Driessen President Obama and a chorus of environmentalists, politicians, corporate executives...

Helping at-risk populations survive tornadoes

Better building preparation and public shelters will increase survival rates By Matthew Biddle and David R. Legates After tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa, AL and Joplin,...

Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America's Poor

Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffeld, Heritage Foundation Executive Summary Today, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty report, which declared that a record 46.2 million persons,...

Abolitionist Sisters

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, John Blundell Sarah and Angelina Grimké were born into good fortune. Their father, John Grimké, had been a lieutenant...

The War on Poverty After 50 Years

ROBERT RECTOR, RACHEL SHEFFIELD, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now,...

Theodore Roosevelt, Big-Government Man — Jim Powell

Theodore Roosevelt has been known as “the Good Roosevelt,” “the Republican Roosevelt,” and “the conservative Roosevelt,” as distinguished from his fifth cousin Franklin, who’s credited with ushering in modern American big government. Yet promoters of big government have long recognized TR as one of their own.

Background Checks and Fingerprints

BY T.F. STERN Recently the State of Texas altered the requirements for the renewal process licensed locksmiths must complete in order to continue applying their...

The Great Depression According to Milton Friedman — Ivan Pongracic Jr.

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Ivan Pongracic Jr. Few events in U.S. history can rival the Great Depression for its impact. The period from 1929...

Of the Natural and Market Price of Commodities – Adam Smith

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013-2014 Internet Edition by Steve Farrell BOOK I. OF THE CAUSES...

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

BY MARK HENDRICKSON Exclusive to The Moral Liberal In a case of painfully ironic timing, between the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta on June 15 and...

When There's A Will There's A Way? — Steven Horwitz

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Steven Horwitz Many aphorisms and common expressions take on a different meaning when seen through the lens of economics. One...

The BlackSmith Tax Credit (BS-TC): A victim of politics

An important centuries-old industry is again forced to play the waiting game By John Droz The following article was inspired by a recent magazine story about...

The Art and Science of Pseudology

“Nature,” observed Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), “admits no lie.” While nature neither lies nor tells the truth, persons habitually do both. As the famous French mathematician and philosopher Antoine Augustin Cournot (1801-1877) observed, “It is inconceivable that [in the science of politics] telling the truth can ever become more profitable than telling lies.” -Thomas S. Szasz M.D.

Steve Jobs and Al Davis: A Commitment To Excellence

By Dennis Behreandt In the past week the world lost two great leaders and visionaries in Steve Jobs and Al Davis. At first blush, there...

Confusion, muddle, obfuscation & racism

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~As Obama, UN and EPA seek to dictate our lives and livelihoods, the real issue is green racism~ Winston Churchill called Russia a...

Are Cameras the New Guns?

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland), it is now illegal to record an on-duty police officer even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.

Market, State, and Autonomy: Who is the True Liberal?

SHELDON RICHMAN, THE FREEMAN In The Future of Liberalism (2009), Alan Wolfe writes that the true heirs to the liberalism of John Locke, Adam Smith, and Thomas...

Human Rights are More Important than Property Rights

PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property,...

Agenda 21's Role in America's Financial Breakdown

BY HENRY LAMB For more than 20 years, now, the most powerful word in advertising has been “sustainable.”  This term sells everything from toilet paper...

A Lesson in Socialism

ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY, THOMAS J. SHELLY As a teacher, I speculate with the pupils as to the probable results if I used the socialistic theory for...

Common Versus Government Property — Kevin Carson

A central contribution of Elinor Ostrom, which earned her a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics, was to reclaim the commons as a legitimate form of property. Organization theorist Dick Langlois always makes it a practice in his European economic history class to reiterate Ostrom’s point that, as he puts it, “the medieval open fields were not an example of the tragedy of the commons and were not over grazed.”

Henry Lamb — The Most Dangerous President in History

Obama believes in the rule of law – his law. No other law is relevant. No other law matters. When Obama speaks, he expects the world to obey.

Wheat Is More Than Just a Crop — Alan Caruba

Perhaps no single crop is more essential than wheat. In the 1980s I traveled everywhere in the U.S. as a writer and often visited farmers, learning about what new techniques and products they were using to enhance crop yield. It gave me a lesson regarding the role of agriculture that this suburban New Jersey boy could never have acquired. - Alan Caruba

Cash for Clunkers Was a Loser — Yandle

Free Enterprise Zone: The Freeman, Bruce Yandel President Obama’s Cash for Clunkers program, inspired by the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, ended August...

Due Process in Jeopardy — Wendy McElroy

Last week the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Comstock et al. that Congress has the constitutional authority to empower federal district courts to civilly commit dangerous sex offenders who had completed their sentences. In effect, the courts can mandate indefinite confinement of such federal prisoners. The controversial power derives from Section 4248 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

The Petrodollar System — Chris Clancy

BY CHRIS CLANCY The Petrodollar System: A Brief Overview: 1974 – 2012 Introduction The petrodollar story has a little bit of everything. Hope, ambition, political intrigue, mystery,...

The Virtue of Market Inefficiency

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sandy Ikeda Markets are often rightly characterized as extraordinary problem solvers. Under the right rules of the game (including...

Government Moonshine

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Michael Heberling From its minor role as an oxygenate additive for gasoline, ethanol has become the darling of Washington....